15 Things You Didn't Know About Carolina Herrera

Of course Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger sat front row at her first fashion show.

Carolina Herrera has announced she will step down from her namesake brand. "Just don’t say I am retiring," Herrera told the New York Times, who broke the news on Friday. "I am not retiring! I am moving forward." Herrera plans to remain a part of the company reports the Times, taking on more of a spokesperson role. She will show her final collection on Monday at New York Fashion Week.

Her given name is María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño.

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She was born in Caracas, Venezuela.

Her father Guillermo Pacanins Acevedo was the former governor of Caracas.

Her grandmother took her to Paris to go to the Balenciaga couture show when she was 13 years old.

She began her career working for Emilio Pucci in Caracas in the 1960s.

She moved to New York City in 1980.

She wanted to start a fabric design business, but she started a clothing line instead because her friend Diana Vreeland suggested that she do so.

Her first fashion show took place at the Metropolitan Club in New York City in 1981.

Andy Warhol (pictured here at the show) and Bianca Jagger sat front row.

Her husband Reinaldo used to hold the title Marquis of Torre Casa (thus making Mrs. Herrera a Marquise), but he forfeited the title when he did not produce any male heirs.

Hacienda La Vega, her husband's family home in Venezuela, was built in 1590 and is thought to be the oldest continually inhabited house in the Western Hemisphere.

She designed Caroline Kennedy's wedding dress.


Kennedy married Edwin A. Schlossberg on Cape Cod in 1986.

She designed the dress that her friend Renée Zellweger wore when she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2004.

She became a U.S. citizen in 2009.

She believes that Queen Elizabeth is the fashion icon of the century.

She loves the television show Narcos.

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